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Collection1: Transgressing Lines

June 2–October 11, 2020

Drawing lines on paper is a relatively quick and easy process, and drawing is not recognized as a genre on the level of painting or sculpture. Line drawing has traditionally been regarded as a preparatory stage before the finished product, for conceiving ideas, ensuring things are remembered, practicing, verifying ideas and so forth. However, it has become a crucial part of various modern and contemporary art practices. Artists have taken the perceived drawbacks of drawing – the incompleteness of images, the vestiges of thoughts not yet fully formed – and turned them into something positive, a means of light-heartedly overcoming the creative deadlock of making art. In this exhibition of works from the museum’s collection, we re-examine the possibilities of the act of drawing.

*This exhibition changes some works during the exhibition period. (First half : 2020/6/2(Tues)-8/2(Sun) / Second half : 8/4(Tues)-10/11(Sun))
For more information, please see the “List of Works” .

(★Only first half, ☆Only second half)

June 2–October 11, 2020
Opening Hours
10:00-17:00 (last admission 16:30), Fri. and Sat. until 20:00 (last admission 19:30).
Mondays (except May 4).
  • Organized by The National Museum of Art, Osaka
  • Sponsored by Daikin Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Adults university students
430 (220) yen 130 (70) yen

*( ) admission for groups of more than 20 people.

*Admission free for visitors under 18 years old, senior (65 and over) and mentally or physically disabled people with one attendant.

Night discount (applicable after 17:00 on Fri. and Sat.)
Adults: 250 yen/ University students: 70 yen.

Free admission days: April 4, May 2, May 16, June 6, 2020.

  • Organized by The National Museum of Art, Osaka
  • Sponsored by Daikin Foundation for Contemporary Arts